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A Note from Rach: It’s Getting Chilly!

Each month, Rachael pens a personal letter to the readers of her magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray. Here’s what’s on Rach’s mind for the start of fall, and what’s cookin’ in the magazine. Don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!

It’s fall, kids! Go bobbin’ for some apples, spike up some cider and take a roll in the leaves. (Give me a big pile of leaves, and I can keep myself busy with my dog, Isaboo, for an hour!) There’s so much to be happy about—it’s the peak of harvest season, and it’s finally cold enough to bust out our sweaters.

I’ve often told people that a chili night on a chilly night is a fun, affordable way to entertain. Invite your friends over to watch movies or sports, and make it BYOC: Bring Your Own Chili. I usually cook up a traditional beef and a meat-free chili and invite my friends to bring a pot of their own. We’ll walk you through the whole thing on page 100.

This month, my 30-Minute Meals (page 90) are for pasta lovers. We’ve got everything: egg tagliatelle with saffron and hot sausage, a nutty, delicious farro spaghetti with plenty of vegetables, a good ol’ cowboy chili spaghetti and a lot more. Spaghetti is love, and this is 10 bowlfuls of good stuff.

My Burger of the Month (page 14) also involves pasta—it’s an ode to my husband’s favorite pasta dish, carbonara. This is a burger you could get away with for breakfast, lunch or dinner because it features bacon and eggs.

Of course, we’ve got a ton of Halloween stuff in this issue: We’ll help you trick out your front porch (page 110), decorate for a party with creepy mood lighting (page 53) and get spooked at Halloween hot spots around the country (page 64). Plus, check out our tips for how to dress up your pooch (page 122). Isaboo refuses to wear a costume, but her friend Alice (a chihuahua) dresses up every day of the week, and I can’t wait to see what she’s gonna wear for the holiday. Stay warm out there!

Love,

Rachael

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